After graduating Chaffey College, Albert attended and taught at the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop. He then played saxophone in several Cruise Ship show bands. He has toured with Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Jerry Lewis, Michael Feinstein and Ken Peplowski. He has also played in various bands, backing such artists as Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Barbara Morrison, Jack Jones, and the Captain & Tennile. Recording credits include, Toni Tennile, Renee Olstead, Matt Catingub, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, as well as Rosemary Clooney's last studio recording called "Sentimental Journey" for Concord Records. It was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Alva is currently co-director of the Jazz Angels youth bands in the Long Beach area. He also performs at major "swing dancing" events around the country and beyond. His proudest moments include working on music with Benny Carter, and a long association serving as librarian, copyist, arranger, and saxophonist for jazz drummer, Louie Bellson.